Powers to reduce shoplifting

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POLICE are now using powers to ban known offenders from parts of Darlington including shops, streets and even entire areas of the town.

Officers are using Exclusion Orders that are issued by a court upon a criminal conviction and are part of a wider sentencing program.

It is hoped their use will bring down retail crime by reducing the opportunities for offenders to shoplift.

The orders can range from a three month period to up to three years and if the offender breaches it, they risk a further appearance at court for the original offence.

This could then lead to a prison sentence.

The court also has the power to alter the conditions of the Exclusion Order which can include imposing further conditions and extending the period of time the order is valid for.

A number of applications have recently been made by officers against defendants currently progressing through the criminal justice system.

The first successful application made by Darlington Police and its partner agencies was for a prolific shoplifter who has amassed 13 separate convictions this year alone for shoplifting.

Other methods used by the courts to prevent shoplifters re-offending include electronically tagged curfews, community work and fines.

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2:18pm Fri 16 May 14

think twice says...

"It is HOPED their use will bring down retail crime by reducing the opportunities for offenders to shoplift"

Really?

Perhaps they will go to other shops instead.
"It is HOPED their use will bring down retail crime by reducing the opportunities for offenders to shoplift" Really? Perhaps they will go to other shops instead. think twice
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2:45pm Fri 16 May 14

greenfinger says...

The very people who shoplift aren't worried about laws tho, hence they shoplift. So why would these powers have any effect on them?
The very people who shoplift aren't worried about laws tho, hence they shoplift. So why would these powers have any effect on them? greenfinger
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3:23pm Fri 16 May 14

oliviaden6 says...

Instead of slapping there wrists and sending them on their merry way, start giving them stiff sentences, the hardened shoplifters are in court in the morning and out in the shops doing business straight away, it is not justice, at the end of the day we all pay for shoplifting by higher prices.
Instead of slapping there wrists and sending them on their merry way, start giving them stiff sentences, the hardened shoplifters are in court in the morning and out in the shops doing business straight away, it is not justice, at the end of the day we all pay for shoplifting by higher prices. oliviaden6
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4:29pm Fri 16 May 14

Homshaw1 says...

The fact that one offender has amassed 13 convictions this year alone says it all.
Why was he still walking the streets?
It's a waste of valuable time phoning or giving evidence to the police. It rarely results in any kind of preventative action.
As far as I am concerned they are worse than useless. Useless you don't usually have to pay for
The fact that one offender has amassed 13 convictions this year alone says it all. Why was he still walking the streets? It's a waste of valuable time phoning or giving evidence to the police. It rarely results in any kind of preventative action. As far as I am concerned they are worse than useless. Useless you don't usually have to pay for Homshaw1
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5:10pm Fri 16 May 14

durhamchap says...

Homshaw1 wrote:
The fact that one offender has amassed 13 convictions this year alone says it all.
Why was he still walking the streets?
It's a waste of valuable time phoning or giving evidence to the police. It rarely results in any kind of preventative action.
As far as I am concerned they are worse than useless. Useless you don't usually have to pay for
I assume you have never heard of the CPS? Police officers collect the available evidence which goes to the CPS who decide if the evidence is strong enough for a conviction and if so the CPS prosecute and NOT the Police.Then if it gets to court the magistrate or judge passes any sentence - again NOT the Police.I know Police officers who put a lot of work into a case and then watch somebody who should be going to jail given community service or a suspended sentence.
We regularly hear the jails are full and often prisoners are released early to make space so it would appear the Police are doing their job or perhaps Homshaw1 would like to join the Special Constabulary to show us what he can do to tackle crime.Very easy to put the blame for all the ills in our society onto the Police but what would we do without them ?
[quote][p][bold]Homshaw1[/bold] wrote: The fact that one offender has amassed 13 convictions this year alone says it all. Why was he still walking the streets? It's a waste of valuable time phoning or giving evidence to the police. It rarely results in any kind of preventative action. As far as I am concerned they are worse than useless. Useless you don't usually have to pay for[/p][/quote]I assume you have never heard of the CPS? Police officers collect the available evidence which goes to the CPS who decide if the evidence is strong enough for a conviction and if so the CPS prosecute and NOT the Police.Then if it gets to court the magistrate or judge passes any sentence - again NOT the Police.I know Police officers who put a lot of work into a case and then watch somebody who should be going to jail given community service or a suspended sentence. We regularly hear the jails are full and often prisoners are released early to make space so it would appear the Police are doing their job or perhaps Homshaw1 would like to join the Special Constabulary to show us what he can do to tackle crime.Very easy to put the blame for all the ills in our society onto the Police but what would we do without them ? durhamchap
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6:10pm Fri 16 May 14

stevegg says...

All above comments correct apart from Homeshaw1 as durhamchap has pointed out. Its the police that get the blame for criminals being on the streets, but in fact its the woefully inadequate politically correct human rights obsessed justice system that lets everything down including police and law abiding public, when convicted & sentanced magistrates and judges put criminals rights above yours and mine. They are so out of touch and unbelieveably naive believing that fines (which never get paid, or are paid by taxpayers off benefits) and community/rehabilita
tion orders actually work. They dont! Most shoplifters are generally drug addicts who have no respect for the law or decent society and never will, all they care about is the money for their next fix and in their world everything is fair game. Anyone with over 3 shoplifting convictions should automatically recive court appointed banning orders with harsh penalties attached, it shouldnt be down to the police to apply for these, 13 convictions in a year is absolutely ludicrous with no meaningful sanctions. The drug addicts must be laughing at our weakness!
All above comments correct apart from Homeshaw1 as durhamchap has pointed out. Its the police that get the blame for criminals being on the streets, but in fact its the woefully inadequate politically correct human rights obsessed justice system that lets everything down including police and law abiding public, when convicted & sentanced magistrates and judges put criminals rights above yours and mine. They are so out of touch and unbelieveably naive believing that fines (which never get paid, or are paid by taxpayers off benefits) and community/rehabilita tion orders actually work. They dont! Most shoplifters are generally drug addicts who have no respect for the law or decent society and never will, all they care about is the money for their next fix and in their world everything is fair game. Anyone with over 3 shoplifting convictions should automatically recive court appointed banning orders with harsh penalties attached, it shouldnt be down to the police to apply for these, 13 convictions in a year is absolutely ludicrous with no meaningful sanctions. The drug addicts must be laughing at our weakness! stevegg
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10:59pm Mon 19 May 14

Homshaw1 says...

I am not stupid. I have heard of the CPS.

My experiences with the police

Going into a shop a guy runs out with a machete chased by the shop owner wielding an iron bar. As he ran around the corner his hoody fell down. The CCTV cameras show his head covered. I said to the police officer I may be able to recognise him if I saw some mug shots. He said "If we need to contact you we will". He didn't even take my name.

Some years ago but a women comes to my house selling tickets for charity. Behind her is a women with a baby in a pram. It's for a charity providing wheelchairs and calipers for kids in Darlington. I went to get money and thought. Calipers - haven't seen them for a long time. So I asked the lady who was running the charity. She give me the name of the shop. I rang the police suggesting it needed checking out. How do you know its not true was the reply. I suggest you give them a ring. No telephone number so had a run up the shop. Closed but nothing advertised in the window. I came home still doing a roaring trade in the street. Rang again. Leave it with us we might or might not get back yo you. A few days later there was a identikit picture of this lady in the paper with the police asking for information. I took the paper down the police station and asked what was done about it. My calls weren't even logged.

Car bumped into the front of house while I was out. Wanted to claim for the damage on my insurance. Went down the station and told they had no record and suggested I spoke to the neighbour. Neighbour said stolen car had bumped into the front of the house and there had been police there in numbers. Went back to the police who found the report. They can't even find information on their own computer.

Saw drug dealing going on while children played in street. Had further incident and went to the police station to ask what was happening. Obvious first report had not been filed. Quote from police " If we arrested everyone in Darlington messing with drugs we would need high rise prisons"

Drunken 16 year old put fist through car window. Two witnesses, arrested guy who had cut hand. After 3 months and having wasted hours of my time the police not the CPS decided to bring no charges. Even wanted a large sum of money to give me the guy's name

What has any of this to do with the CPS?
I am not stupid. I have heard of the CPS. My experiences with the police Going into a shop a guy runs out with a machete chased by the shop owner wielding an iron bar. As he ran around the corner his hoody fell down. The CCTV cameras show his head covered. I said to the police officer I may be able to recognise him if I saw some mug shots. He said "If we need to contact you we will". He didn't even take my name. Some years ago but a women comes to my house selling tickets for charity. Behind her is a women with a baby in a pram. It's for a charity providing wheelchairs and calipers for kids in Darlington. I went to get money and thought. Calipers - haven't seen them for a long time. So I asked the lady who was running the charity. She give me the name of the shop. I rang the police suggesting it needed checking out. How do you know its not true was the reply. I suggest you give them a ring. No telephone number so had a run up the shop. Closed but nothing advertised in the window. I came home still doing a roaring trade in the street. Rang again. Leave it with us we might or might not get back yo you. A few days later there was a identikit picture of this lady in the paper with the police asking for information. I took the paper down the police station and asked what was done about it. My calls weren't even logged. Car bumped into the front of house while I was out. Wanted to claim for the damage on my insurance. Went down the station and told they had no record and suggested I spoke to the neighbour. Neighbour said stolen car had bumped into the front of the house and there had been police there in numbers. Went back to the police who found the report. They can't even find information on their own computer. Saw drug dealing going on while children played in street. Had further incident and went to the police station to ask what was happening. Obvious first report had not been filed. Quote from police " If we arrested everyone in Darlington messing with drugs we would need high rise prisons" Drunken 16 year old put fist through car window. Two witnesses, arrested guy who had cut hand. After 3 months and having wasted hours of my time the police not the CPS decided to bring no charges. Even wanted a large sum of money to give me the guy's name What has any of this to do with the CPS? Homshaw1
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12:50pm Tue 20 May 14

Homshaw1 says...

Was it not only a few month ago the Police Commissioner was pursuing a policy of giving lessons on budgeting to hard up mothers who had resorted to shoplifting rather than prosecuting?

Don't suppose this had prior CPS approval either.
Was it not only a few month ago the Police Commissioner was pursuing a policy of giving lessons on budgeting to hard up mothers who had resorted to shoplifting rather than prosecuting? Don't suppose this had prior CPS approval either. Homshaw1
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3:29am Wed 21 May 14

SirLance says...

As they do in some of the the Arab world and parts of the Asian sub continent, cut the hand off ! That's a deterrent isn't it?? Here comes stumpy!-- We all knew what he DID for a living!!
As they do in some of the the Arab world and parts of the Asian sub continent, cut the hand off ! That's a deterrent isn't it?? Here comes stumpy!-- We all knew what he DID for a living!! SirLance
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